Vortex Staff 2021-2022

Editor-in-Chief / Gabrielle Elaine Thurman

Associate Editor / Annie Grimes

Layout Editor / Paige Hooten

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Art Editor /

Art Judges /

Digital Media Editor /

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Fiction Editor /

Fiction Readers /

Nonfiction Editor /

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Poetry Editor /

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Script Editor /

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Faculty Advisor / John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice teaches both graduate and undergraduate students in UCA’s Creative Writing program. His teaching interests include fiction writing, travel writing, and playwriting. His stories, essays, poems, and one-act plays have appeared widely in creative journals, including Sou’wester, Seattle Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, and South 85. His recent books include a short story collection called Island Fog (Lavender Ink, 2014) and the historical novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde (Burlesque Press, 2018). He has also had several one-act plays produced onstage. His novel Nous Nous will be published by Braddock Avenue Books in 2021. More information about him can be found at You can read his blog Payperazzi at